I found a Garmin Forerunner 305! I ran across town and purchased it and cancelled the one I ordered online yesterday. I am very excited about this cool little device. And that is the GOOD NEWS.
The Bad News is something I suspected. I ran with both my Garmin and my Nike+iPod. The Nike + said I ran 1.16 miles at a pace of 11:35 per mile. The Garmin, however, said I ran 1.01 miles at a pace of 13: something. Holy moly. I think I trust the Garmin more than the Nike +. This means I am even slower than I thought. I would suggest to myself that I get over the whole speed idea and just go for the idea of completing a half-marathon. This is going to require some (mental) work on my part.
I will try doing 3 or so miles over the weekend and see how that works out with the Garmin. One mile can be an outlier. We shall see!
Still I say - I can't wait to start training for the triathlon! Running is NOT my strong suit. But I thank God that at the age of 55, after smoking 2 packs per day for 25 years, I am able to even run at all!